Compare And Contrast Christopher Columbus And Christopher Columbus

1007 Words5 Pages
Throughout recorded human history, authors, leaders, and researchers, have documented the past from many different perspectives, and viewpoints. Not every historian has the same stance on a certain issue, therefore, differences in point of view occur in almost every writing. In the textbook The American Pageant, A People’s History of the United States by Larry Schweikart, and Michael Allen, and Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, the reader can see many different perspectives throughout each reading. The infamous explorer known as Christopher Columbus, has been documented in many different ways. Depending on the reading, Columbus has be called everything from a “[...]symbol of the new age of hope”, to an inhuman tyrant who captured Indians and turned them into slaves.
In the well known textbook, The American Pageant, the reader learns about straightforward facts and events regarding Christopher Columbus. Although the textbook provides the audience with good information, it struggles to go into great detail or depth surrounding Columbus and his voyages in comparison to the two other sources. I believe the authors did a good job avoiding anything controversial, by only including facts and referring to Columbus as a “successful failure” instead of a hero or barbarian. The book didn’t carry much detail and wasn’t that “juicy” of a source, but fulfilled it’s job as a history textbook. The document I choose to include was a map of Columbus’ voyages. The map
Get Access